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The most comprehensive site for licensed e-books is OhioLINK’s E-Book Center (EBC). The EBC contains books published by Oxford, Yale, California, Chicago, MIT, NYU, Princeton, Springer, Wiley, APA, and more. Titles can also be found by searching both the Hiram College Library Catalog (which adds e-books the library has purchased on its own) AND the OhioLINK Central Catalog (which is more up-to-date on titles than the Hiram College Library).

In addition, these databases also offer full-text of books, often by chapter:

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Safari Books. Provides more than 1,200 e-books in the field of information technology.


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Humanities E-Book. This database, produced by the American Council for Learned Societies, provides searchable full-text of some 1500 books in most humanities disciplines and area studies. The titles are from 250 publishers.



Very Short Introductions. More than 600 e-books from Oxford University Press designed to offer concise and original introductions to a subject.  Usually less than 200 pages, they are written by experts for a general audience.

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Literary Reference Center Plus. A comprehensive database that provides author biographies, plot summaries, criticism (from some 740 literary journals), book reviews, author interviews, and the text of 120,000 poems and 29,000 short stories.


Early English Books OnlineContains page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473–1700. Includes all four parts of the database: Early English Books I, 1473-1640 (STC I, Pollard & Redgrave); Early English Books II, 1641-1700 (STC II, Wing); Thomason Tracts; Early English Books Tract Supplement. Also includes phase one of the Text Creation Partnership, which provides transcriptions to about 25,000 titles.


Black Thought and Culture. Contains some 1,300 monographs, essays, articles, speeches, and interviews written by leaders within the black community from the earliest times to the present.


Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts. Contains seminal works from the Reformation and post-Reformation eras. Includes Biblical commentaries, catechisms, treatises, pastoral writings, sermons, church histories, disputations, and personal letters.


Digital Library of the Catholic Reformation. Contains 845 titles by 277 authors from the 16th and 17th centuries.  Publications include theological writings, biblical commentaries, confessional documents, social and political works, sermons, letters, polemical treatises, and other key documents from this time period.


Disability in the Modern World: History of a Social Movement. Includes books, book chapters, articles, essays, and video, along with other primary sources.  Covers issues such as accessibility, advocacy, rights, education, legislation and politics, technology, and more.


Social Theory: Second Edition. Some 150,000 pages of documents that explore the complexities and interpret the nature of social behavior and organization. Includes works by such major theorists as Theodor Adorno, Jean Baudrillard, Simone de Beauvoir, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Émile Durkheim, Michel Foucault, Jürgen Habermas, Robert Merton, Dorothy E. Smith , and Talcott Parsons.

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Education Research Complete. Indexes and abstracts more than 1,500 journals covering all levels of education. Also includes full-text of more than 100 books and a number of conference papers.

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Environment Complete. Indexes and abstracts articles from more than 1,000 journals related to all aspects of the environment and ecology. Also includes the full-text of some 80 books and the conference papers of the North American Association of Environmental Education.

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Project Gutenberg. More than 2,500 books, all in the public domain, available in basic ascii text.

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Small Business Reference Center. Periodicals, e-books, and videos on how to start and manage a small business. Includes start up kids, state specific information, demographic data, and more. 

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